Homespun Gathering

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Stitches

This week has been more challenging than I had anticipated, but I stuck with my goal of stitching daily-even if that meant all I did was put in about 20 little Xs.  

So what have we accomplished?  My needle and I have extended the border, stitched up a couple of birds, ripped out some mistakes and restitched them correctly, and just plain motif stitching.

I'm further than I was a week ago, and I count that as a big success.

Also a success?  I am a huge fan of nature and find myself studying the bark of trees--be it on my mom's farm, my house, or at a walking trail.  I'm fascinated how coloring shades in animals, or how the color fades and surges in flora.  This design has given me the opportunity to explore this . . . a lot.  Sometimes I feel I do well with the over dyes and sometimes I know there's some work still left to do.  

So without further ado, here is where Sunday began with this week's Sunday Stitches.

HEIOTS last week

HEIOTS this week
 Abigail and Heidi say "hello".  Well, Heidi does.  Abigail is a little busy catching up on her beauty sleep.

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Stitches

Happy Sunday, everyone.  I can't say that I've made as much progress as I would have liked this week, but I did stitch everyday

last week's progress

which brings me to this week's progress.  Progression.  I love that word.  I love what it stands for.  In fact, one of my favorite quotes includes this word.

Practice makes progress.

not prefection


There is no need to be perfect.

There is full license to fail as I become a better me than I was when I started today.  The pressure is off, and somehow I grow more quickly with my sanity and value intact--love that.

this week's progress

Today is the day.  

This afternoon I realized my precious stainless steel teakettle was retiring.  After more than a decade of heavy winter use she's leaking, so I've done a little shopping online, and this is what I've come up with.  Here is to another decade. :-)

This week also brought along jury duty selection.  So for the next two weeks I will need to call each night before M-F to see if there is anything on the docket.  

On a positive note the quilt went well, and I hope to be able get it finished up tomorrow at Mom's since she has the walking foot to machine quilt it.  

Okay, y'all, I just gotta say it.  Some of those Olympic sports just bore me to tears.  Yesterday I may have had a change of heart.  I was stitching yesterday afternoon while some skiing event was going on.  Admittedly I wasn't paying much attention until I looked up and saw a skiier on the ground and several other skiiers on top of her.  What?!? Is she okay ?!? I rewound the program and saw what I'd missed.  By the end I was in tears.  Wow, what a race.  Spoiler Alert:  This was the headline.


I hope you were able to see this incredible race--amazing.  In case your interested in the interview afterword, you may find it here.  It is all in Norwegian, but the thrill of victory is inspiring and unmistakable.  I have some Norwegian in my ancestry (Dad's side), so this win was kinda sweet.

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Stitches

Happy Sunday, y'all.  It is time again to share my progress on His Eye is on the Sparrow.  One thing I've learned this week is that I'm not used to stitching every day.  Second, I would have expected to be further along with all this daily stitching.

The last couple of days my mind has been wandering back to the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  The tortoise is rather slow but methodically plods along without stopping.  The Hare is fast, but stops to take a nap loosing the race to the slower opponent.  That's me--the tortoise.  So I encourage myself constantly.  Three weeks from now I will have so much more done than today at only a couple of motifs a day.  It's just simple math.  

I struggled with Adam and Eve.  Terracotta in the photo looked more tan, but in person the skein looked badly sunburned.  We'll just leave the struggle on Instagram, shall we?

In due season I will reap if I don't loose heart.

Today I will begin on the gargantuan flowers, and hopefully I will be able to scroll the linen up this week.

A stitcher with a cat should always be careful where she lays down her frame.   Just prior to this photo Abigail used the taught linen on the left hand side of the frame as a springboard to her napping spot.  I'm surprised the whole thing didn't see-saw on her.

This photo of Heidi was taken at Christmas, but the poor dear is always a little sad and stressed out on bath day.  We've decided paying people to do this is worth every penny.  They get her cleaner than we can.  They brush out more hair than we can.  They get her dryer than we will.  Heidi was at her monthly bath yesterday, and boy does she smell amazing.  It's always a little odd to see her that first day because her hair is all blown out.  It's like she's gain 20 pounds, but it's all hair.  Today we are back to normal, but she still smells good. :-)

A couple weeks ago we were studying the letter Q in my preschool classroom.  Of course, each year I encourage the kids to bring in quilts and bring in some of my own.  This week we're working on the letter S, so I'll be bring in my sewing machine so the kids can help me piece the top for a doll bed in our classroom.  They are four so some very strict safety measures will need to be taken, but I want them to feel what it's like to sew on a machine.  This is an experience most kids will not get these days.

Because I will need an iron to press seams, the rows will need to be put together at home, but it's going to be a lot of fun putting those rows together.

I had planned on going to my local quilt shop to get the 5" pre-cut squares and backing fabric, but I remembered Walmart has that stuff.  If this were to be something to gift or keep I would definitely go down to my local shop.  But, this is a classroom activity, and I don't want to put my heart too much into the materials.  It's more important for me to put it into the kids.

So this is what I chose.  It passed the test--fun fabric and good for boys and girls.  Each pack was 21 pieces, and I needed 20.  There is one left over to check tension before I machine quilt it.  Score.  :-)

Have you been following on Instagram?  Have you been inspired to stitch this one with me?  Have you been inspired to get back to it?  Let's enjoy the journey together.

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Stitches

This Sunday I am temporarily saying goodbye to one design and saying hello to an "old" friend.
I've taken Dearie and Darling as far as I can for now.
My Colorway Version of Dearie and Darling

It's the top left corner that has me with a little designers block.  Kathy Barrick had designed a blue lake with swans gliding blissfully through its waters.  Nope, just wasn't feeling it, so I'm in the process of coming up with something that matches the design  and summery theme.  That's right.  Ignore the Christmasy wreath  around Dearie's neck because the rest of this sampler screams summer to me.

Dearie and Darling with a little Puppy Pashmina where the new design with go.


I've had an account for a couple of years, but never really knew what to do with it.  I finally decided to use it as a timeline and holding tank for my cross stitch finishes.  That plan derailed after I posted my fourteenth sampler.  Okay, one was a hornbook from a freebie from BBD.  

Why stop?  I'm not exactly sure, but it may have had something to do with the next sampler in line hadn't been framed yet.  

For whatever reason the posts stopped, and I have felt the account in great need of life support.  This week I had a brilliant idea to bring her back to life.  At the end of each stitching day I'm now posting my stitching progress of His Eye is one the Sparrow.  It might be one motif or it might be many.  Do you want to see the entire project?  I'll post the whole kit and kaboodle right here on Sunday Stitches.  Don't look for it on Instagram because I won't be posting it there until it's framed.

You may find and follow me on Instagram as hallandhousegifts.

His Eye is on the Sparrow progress

Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.